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Porcupine Bay road update

Series: Commissioners Corner | Story 1

Last updated 11/10/2018 at 12:09am

Unfortunately, a new slide on the Porcupine Bay project occurred on October 3 and work has been halted on the east (downhill side) soldier-pile retaining wall. This work stoppage is due to slope stability and worker safety issues. Since we now have "differing site conditions," there is an ongoing engineering investigation to determine if additional work may be needed to stabilize the existing slope and/or east soldier-pile retaining wall.

Work on the west (uphill side) soldier-pile retaining wall, including the shotcrete fascia should be completed soon. At that time the project will be suspended until the contractor (Condon-Johnson & Associates) and/or our geo-technical firm (Budinger & Associates) formulate a solution to allow the project to proceed. This may involve additional structural components to the existing structure or methods to stabilize the existing slope. Either way the project is suspended for now to allow proper planning and design to address the differing site conditions.

We completely understand what an inconvenience this event has been to the public since the original slide occurred in April of 2017. Since that very day, our public works folks have spent countless hours working on this project, securing federal dollars, working with engineering and geo-technical firms, filling out huge amounts of paperwork, and the list goes on! Although this setback is very discouraging for everyone, we will continue moving forward as expeditiously as possible. For pictures, videos and updated information on the project, go to


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